On March 3, 2021, the Myanmar military fired live rounds at peaceful protesters, killing over 38 and wounding at least 100 people.
Richard Weir, crisis and conflict researcher at Human Rights Watch, said, "The use of lethal force against protesters rescuing others demonstrates how little the security forces fear being held to account for their actions." On analyzing 12 videos and 15 photographs, HRW documented three incidents in which the security forces on March 3 "used live fire against protesters" along the Thudhamma Road in Yangon.
In the central town of Aungban, the troops opened fire on the protesters, who resisted when the troops tried to remove the barricades as per media and a witness cited by Reuters.
In a protest on February 28, as well the armed forces had used ammunition against protestors. They also used tear gas, water cannon, stun grenades, and flash-bangs to push back the crowd.
Head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar(IIMM) Nicholas Koumjian said they were collecting evidence and building case file for the international crimes committed in Myanmar since 2011. The case is being built following reports of arbitrary arrests, torture, enforced disappearances, and force, including lethal force, against those peacefully protesting crowd. He further added that the Mechanism would ensure accountability for these crimes and have called on the government to cooperate to establish the truth.